Visit Battleship North Carolina in May

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. For a gallery of photos from the event go to www.StarNewsOnline.com.     Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

May 16, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm $40* per person. $35* for Friends members or active military. *plus tax As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program. The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Water and light snack provided. Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 14th. Tour is $40/$35 plus tax for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations. 50th Annual Memorial Day Observance May 25, 2015 Time: 5:45 pm FREE On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes Duke Ladd Music performing military and patriotic arrangements. The Battleship is honored this year to have guest speakers Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard, and Senator Richard Burr. The Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event. USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion May 27th – 30th, 2015 The crew of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and their families return for their annual reunion. Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. However, the public is cordially invited to attend the Battleship crew’s annual memorial service on Saturday, May 30 at 10am on the Battleship’s fantail (back deck). For information, contact museum@battleshipnc.com or call 910-251-5797. Summer Hours Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015, going through Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

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